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Landscape & Garden Design

Earn a certificate in Landscape & Garden Design and learn to apply basic techniques for designing aesthetically pleasing, environmentally responsible landscapes.

Landscape Design IV

Dates: Wednesday, March 19 and 26; April 2, 9, 16 and 23
Time: 7 - 9:30 p.m.
Instructor: N/ A
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 220 members; $260 non-members
Location:

Wednesday, March 19 and 26; April 2, 9, 16 and 23 | 7 – 9:30 p.m.
$220 members | $260 nonmembers
Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Objective: To be able to create a landscape design incorporating skills and processes learned in core courses of the Landscape and Garden Design Certificate program, as well as various elective courses
Level: Advanced
Prerequisites: Landscape Design I, II and III

The culmination of the core part of the Landscape and Garden Design Certificate, this project-based course requires students to develop a final landscape design and planting plan. Class size is limited. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Landscape Construction

Dates: Saturday, April 26
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Instructor: Joel Perkovich
Objective:
Level: N/A
Prerequisites:
Fee: $ 66 members; $96 non-members
Location:

Saturday, April 26 | 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$66 members | $96 nonmembers
Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens

Objective: To be able to use techniques for building simple and well-designed constructed walls, walks and patios
Level: Intermediate
Prerequisite:None

In this class covering the fundamental construction techniques for building features that will withstand the forces of nature, such as yearly freeze and thaw cycles, students will learn how to detail, specify for and construct simple walls, paving systems, garden structures, steps, fences and more. Sustainable Horticulture elective, and Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course

This class is now filled. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list.

Landscape Design I: Overview and Design Preparation

Dates: Wed., May 7, 14, 28 | Site visit: May 10
Time: Class, 7 - 9 p.m. | Site visit: 9 a.m. - noon
Instructor: Michele McCann
Objective: To be able to complete a site inventory
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: Landscape Graphics
Fee: $ 198 members; $238 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Please note that this class has a required prerequisite of Landscape Graphics.

Learn practical aspects of the design process including site documentation, client interview and program development. Using a site specified by the instructor, you will develop a site inventory and analysis and a conceptual diagram. Bring to first class: engineer’s scale; architect’s scale, straight edge triangles (45° and 30°-60°-90°); mechanical pencils: 1 soft lead, 1 hard lead; chisel point black marker; extra fine point black “sharpie” marker; small roll tracing paper (bum wad), engineer’s paper.

Space is limited to 8 students; please register early.

Landscape and Garden Design core course, Sustainable Horticulture elective course

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Landscape and Garden Design core course, Sustainable Horticulture elective course

Annuals, Biennials and Bulbs

Dates: Monday, May 12 and 19; June 2 and 9
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Dave Buresch
Objective: To become proficient in the identification, cultural requirements and landscape use of a wide variety of hardy annuals, biennials and bulbs that thrive in western Pa.
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 88 members; $128 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park

Although short-lived, annuals are great fillers, providing color and lasting blooms; biennials, which come in many interesting varieties, often re-seed like perennials; and unique, even tender, bulbs can add an element of delight to landscapes and beds. Students in this course will explore the benefits of all three. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 6.0 | LA CES 8.0

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective

Woody Plants I: Shrubs

Dates: Tuesday, June 24; July 1, 8, 15 and 22
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Instructor: Leslie Kaplan
Objective: To be able to become proficient in the identification, cultural requirements and landscape use of a wide variety of hardy shrubs that perform well in western Pa.
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 110 members; $150 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park (first two classes), Botany Hall at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (second two classes), plus field trip

Woody plants form the backbone of the garden, and shrubs (a multi-stemmed variety) provide four-season interest in unlimited forms. In this course, students will learn about their limitless possibilities. Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective; PCH 10.0 | LA CES 10.0

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Landscape and Garden Design Certificate core course and Sustainable Horticulture Certificate elective

Gardening in the Shade

Dates: Wednesday, June 25 and Saturday, June 28
Time: 7 - 9 p.m. on Wednesday; 9 - 11 a.m. on Saturday
Instructor: Leslie Kaplan
Objective: To be able to appreciate, select and situate appropriate plants for shade
Level: N/A
Prerequisites: None
Fee: $ 44 members; $66 non-members
Location: Phipps Garden Center in Mellon Park, plus field trip

Shade gardens provide peaceful retreats where the simplicity and elegance of plants can be highlighted. Students in this course will learn to combine forms, foliage textures and variegation to make a garden come alive. Different types of shade, and the kinds of annuals, perennials and shrubs that thrive in such conditions, will also be covered, along with tried and true varieties, and newer cultivars. Sustainable Horticulture, and Landscape and Garden Design elective; PCH 4.0

Sign up online or call 412/441-4442 ext. 3925 to register. Call or e-mail with questions.

Sustainable Horticulture, and Landscape and Garden Design elective